Anderson to focus on positive behavior at Macedonia Elementary

The new principal of Macedonia Elementary School plans to do all she can to help students succeed, but encourages parents to do their part as well.
"I just love learning. Learning just feeds our soul," said Dr. Carolyn Anderson, who holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Capella University with a specialization in Leadership in Education Administration.
She has done a lot of learning during her 19-year career in education across all grade levels. Last year, she was a master teacher at Blackville-Hilda High School where she worked closely with other teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, data analysis, and best practices in education. While she spent the first seven years in Colleton and Aiken counties, the 1992 Barnwell High honor graduate returned to her alma mater to teach Spanish for 10 years before coming to Blackville.
Anderson, who also taught Spanish at Voorhees College, wants to use what she's learned to help Barnwell District 19's youngest students get a good educational foundation, which will follow them through life.
"We have such an opportunity to shape and mold them," said Anderson of reaching students at the elementary age. "The graduation rate doesn't start in high school."
To assist with that goal, Anderson said they need to support the whole child, including their character. "We always want to build up a child and help them believe in themselves," she said. "Never count a child out."
That's why she is revamping the school's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) program. This includes the addition of the Good Conduct Conductor of the Month to go along with their train theme of getting everyone onboard for learning and giving positive referrals to the principal's office. She is also developing a sixth grade student ambassador leadership program "to build their leadership capacity and potential."
"We have to give our children the very best," she said. "I want to see all children succeed."
She said her staff is ready for a great year of academic excellence. "We have a fantastic faculty and staff," she said, including several new members. They have a new guidance counselor, speech teacher, librarian, physical education teacher, kindergarten teacher, pre-kindergarten teacher, sixth grade teacher, positive parenting leader, and a reading coach that is provided by the state. They also have a new Early Steps to School Success coordinator who will conduct home visits with parents of children up to age three to help them prepare for entering school.
While the faculty and staff will do all they can to help children succeed, Anderson encourages parental involvement.
"We need to work together to support the child," she said. This can be done by volunteering at the school, reading to children daily, getting involved in the PTO or SIC, attending school assemblies, checking their child's grades on Parent Portal, and reviewing the communication folder that will be sent home weekly. Anderson invites parents to meet their child's teacher August 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. as well as to the August 28 open house which will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.
New this year to each District 19 student is a free breakfast and lunch as well as a fresh fruit and vegetable snack daily. "When students are not hungry, they can concentrate; and when they can concentrate, they can learn," she said.
Anderson, the daughter of the late Samuel Allen Jr. and Gloria Allen of Barnwell, credits her faith and family for getting her to where she is today. "I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," said Anderson, the mother of 10-year-old Kaitlin Anderson.